Aug 19, 2014 — We won!! UCAS have agreed to make changes. Thank you so much to everyone who supported and signed and shared the petition.
Also we made the front page of gay star news- http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-non-binary-students-protest-biased-new-uk-university-admission-rules190814 (and many thanks to Jane Fae for writing about us).
There's an extract from UCAS's email below - we're still working out if we need to do anything about "engaging with them about the changes" and making sure they happen in a reasonable timespan. Any updates will be on our twitter @nonbinaryuk and facebook https://www.facebook.com/nonbinaryuk along with more campaigns.
Extract from UCAS email:
"Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. We take any feedback we receive from applicants and potential applicants very seriously and I welcome your engagement on this issue. I would like to inform you that we will be making changes to the way in which we gather information about gender and sex as quickly as we possibly can and I would be keen to engage with you about these changes.
We take the concerns raised over the inclusivity of the definitions very seriously and have listened to the concerns you have raised. We are looking at how we can make the options broader and clearer while retaining consistency in data collection.
The information is used by universities and colleges so they can better understand the composition of their student population and be able to identify and remove any barriers to an inclusive environment for all students.
Please be aware that the UCAS change process is a complicated one with a number of dependencies, both within UCAS and external organisations. Due to this the change will not be an immediate one, but it will be within the 2015 cycle and we will strive to ensure it is finalised ahead of the January 15 application deadline. "
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